September was a euphoric time for parents as the schools finally reopened and the teachers took on the responsibility of being the main educators again. Returning to school after half of the year at home wasn’t without its difficulties – namely the safety issues – yet it seems to have worked out for the better. At least the kids finally get a modicum of a routine, something they desperately require in difficult times.
However, it’s not all about the children. As a defacto thought leader for six months, there are a lot of lessons to be learned. Continue reading to find out about four of the main ones.
Going Back To Education Isn’t Impractical
With so little spare time, the idea of going back to college or university to upskill and gain new qualifications is usually a pipe dream. It’s something that would be great, personally and professionally, yet there aren’t enough hours in a day. Of course, the Coronavirus lockdown put that to bed as it became clear that studying education is accessible. Also, the benefits are broader than most people realise. For example, understanding the education system can help for business purposes, making it an ideal certification for the corporate world. It’s something to consider!
Homework Is Hard
Homework as one of the main ways parents got a glimpse into their kid’s education. Unfortunately, it’s easy to pass it off as simple or straightforward and to get angry when children decide to fob it off and do something else instead. Yes, kids need a kick up the backside, but they also require encouragement because the difficulty level of schoolwork is increasing. It’s a parent’s job to offer support, even if the task looks easy on the surface. After teaching primary and secondary curriculums for six months, pretty much every guardian can attest to this not being the case!
Teachers Need Some Slack
There will always be a dynamic between parents and teachers. Mums and dads want the best for the kids, and educators have to consider the group as a whole, which is why there are clashes sometimes. Of course, the pandemic has put the role of teachers into perspective. Even during the lockdown, most of them are emailing guardians at all hours of the night and working hard to ensure the quality of education remains high. Then, there is the fact that teaching forces you to walk a mile in their shoes, and it’s tiring! Hopefully more parents recognise the importance of cutting teachers more slack in the future.
Kids Are A Balance
Most mums and dads will come away from experience believing that they know their children better than ever. While this sounds weird, it’s true because you get to see how they operate in different environments. Dealing with their lack of attention span is fine when there’s a TV or iPad to utilise, yet it’s harder when you need them to concentrate. You probably understand what makes them tick, which can only be a positive thing for kids and parents alike!
What have you learned from being a teacher this year?